Events at the BLC


Lecture by R. Kern, April 15, 2016

Rick Kern, UC Berkeley Technologies and Literacies and Language Education: Looking beyond communicative competence Since the origins of writing, technology has always given people new ways to use and learn languages. This talk will present examples of some ways that digital technologies are currently shaping language and literacy practices in multilingual contexts. These changes raise […]

Lecture by E. Kearney, April 1, 2016

RESCHEDULED to April 1 Erin Kearney, Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo Developing Symbolic Competence in Modern Language Classrooms: Expanding Meaning-Making Potentials Friday, April 1, 2016 The appearance of symbolic competence on the applied linguistics scene has dramatically shifted our thinking about the desired outcomes of language teaching and learning in classrooms. No less […]

Found in Translation: Joseph Sung-Yul Park

Ideological construction of fansub work in South Korea Global circulation of digital media products opens up space for new modes of communicative practice, such as fansubbing (unofficial, fanproduced subtitles of foreign-language films or television programs). These participatory forms of media practice are fraught with tension, located at the boundaries of formal and informal media markets, […]

Workshop by A. Bellezza & N. Euba, February 11, 2016

Niko Euba, Lecturer, German Dept Anna Bellezza, Lecturer, Italian Studies Performative Competence in Language Teaching: A Practical Workshop Living in highly performative and connected societies, an important goal of foreign language education is to develop not only students’ communicative but also their symbolic competencies, helping them to become self-aware, reflective ‘performers on the world stage’. […]

Careers in Translation and Interpretation

STUDYING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE? Wondering if it will pay off for you? Translation and Interpretation could be just the opportunity you are looking for. Come talk to professional translators and interpreters to discover what kind of careers are out there for trained linguists. Christiane Abel and Julie Johnson, both translators, conference interpreters, and faculty members […]

Words in Action

Come and celebrate linguistic diversity as UC Berkeley students perform scenes, songs, and poems in Arabic, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Filipino, German, Hungarian, Italian, Irish, Japanese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Telegu, and Urdu.

Lectures by BLC Fellows (E. Hellmich, I. Kogel, L. Louie), December 4, 2015

Fall 2015 BLC Fellows Instructional Development Research Projects Beyond Grammar: Revisiting Translation in the Foreign Language Classroom Linda Louie, GSR, French Department Translation is a negligible component of most foreign language curricula today as it is strongly associated with outdated paradigms. This talk will argue that translation deserves a more prominent role in foreign language […]

Lecture by C. Kramsch & A. Whiteside, November 20, 2015

Claire Kramsch, UC Berkeley Anne Whiteside, CCSF This lecture/demonstration will recapitulate the theoretical and methodological tenets of the notion of symbolic competence, coined by Kramsch & Whiteside in 2008. We will use an annotated bibliography to pass in review how the notion has been used by various researchers and practitioners in Applied Linguistics in the […]

Panel with Mary Steiner, Joi Barrios-Leblanc, Kathryn Klar, Upkar Ubhi, October 16, 2015

The Critical Importance of Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Lesser Known Languages are Essential Mary Steiner, United Nations Association of San Francisco The less commonly taught languages are threatened with extinction as the homogeneity of globalization prevails. International and transnational entities such as UNESCO and Google agree on many levels to document, protect, and stabilize spoken language based […]

SOLO VEUS, a concert of voice and electronic effects by Mariona Sagarra

Mariona Sagarra will perform a vocal, audio-visual concert for us, including poetry and song in Catalan, Spanish, and Portuguese! Support the study of Catalan language and culture at Berkeley by attending our first fall 2015 event!   Ens hi veiem!  

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